White Horses Issue 34

White Horses is an original and authentic quarterly publication about the surf, ocean, creativity and adventure, and delivers a worthy and highly acclaimed alternative to existing surf mags. If you get equally, if not more excited by the glimpse of a clean, empty beach-break peak through some foreshore trees, than you do witnessing a million air reverses on a comp webcast, then there's every chance White Horses is for you.

Aqualuna Media and Creative Pty
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in this issue

1 min
she has stories

issue thirty-four She surfs for the calm… …and the storm… …for fun, (obviously)… …for freedom and release… …for solidarity and stoke… …and intimate connection.…

8 min
cold comfort

Monday 14th Somewhere over the Indian Ocean I’m still flying. After 24-hours in the air and transit, I’m no longer sure if it’s midnight or midday, or somewhere in-between. The miles count down as the jet reverses time between Melbourne and my final destination, Scotland. Unable to find sleep, I bury my head and hack into the plane’s tortoise-speed internet, where a message from photographer Al Mackinnon pops up: “Report is looking good. Hope you packed your sleeping bag and an extra jacket or two.” My unrelated response: “I hope you don’t expect me to charge those gnarly slabs I keep finding photos of?” I haven’t met Al before, but we have many mutual friends and colleagues. It’s always a gamble planning a journey with someone you don’t know, but I guess hunting for…

6 min
the taxman

I kick steadily on my back, my body beneath my board. Arms working to try steady the small fibreglass craft beneath our two passengers. We traverse the chop in a manner defying every intended design function of the 6’2” thruster. The deep blue fades into black beneath us. In my mind I picture our lost bags sinking into the abyss and with them, my greatest fear… the taxman. My recently completed yet unsubmitted tax files are drowning with my laptop somewhere in this expanse of Pacific blue. Damn you, ATO. It started in the west of the country, an area strung together by island-flecked lagoons and white sandy beaches, the ocean dense with fish and well-toothed creatures of both finned and reptilian nature. Remnants from the war lie scattered amongst the…

4 min
a tiny house in zimbabwe

My hands shook at the breakfast table the morning before I flew to Africa for the first time. “What the heck am I doing?” I remember asking myself over and over. I’d been to remote Indonesia and all over Australia and New Zealand, but Africa? I had just turned 21 and my best friend and I had quit university and booked flights with plans to spend four months wandering around the southern African coastline. Our travel agent, Christine, had said: “Africa gets under your skin,” and I’d wondered what she’d meant. We landed in Zimbabwe in a tiny plane. The red dirt that hemmed the runway was adrift in the damp air and as we shuttled into the town of Victoria Falls, baboons crossed the road in front of us –…

4 min
the island

We got the call from our friends who run a small resort in the Mentawai Islands. They had a group coming for an eight-day stay but had room for two more – would we be keen to join them? That was all we needed to hear My best friend Sarah Lee and I packed our backpacks and board bags immediately and did something that seems unimaginable these days – we jumped on a flight and within 24 hours, we were on the beach in paradise. Usually a surf trip makes a good story when things go wrong, or you’re dealing with elements like the freezing cold and fickle waves, as most of my suffer-fests to foreign shores will attest to. This trip was a welcome departure from all that. The land camp was…

10 min
she rides

PACHA | CRAFT #1 Firewire x Machado {5’2” X 20” X 2⅛”} GoFish Twin-fin This beautiful twin-fin has been my trusty sidekick all around the world since it’s come into my life. Riding it is guaranteed joy. Made out of sustainably sourced sheep wool and eco resin, this board is light, compact and robust - perfect for travelling. I’ve ridden it from Nias, to Snapper, to J-Bay, and every wave you catch, it lets you tap into speed and flow, and insists you stay on the rail. The most memorable surf I’ve had on this board though was in Hawaii, at Velzyland, during the same time as the Pipeline contest. The lineup was super crowded with the best in the world on the highest of performance boards, but somehow everything just clicked. One second…